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Simons & M&S handover donations and visit local school at Cheshire Oaks

Simons Group, the constructors behind M&S' flagship sustainability learning store at Cheshire Oaks, visited Ellesmere Port on Thursday 21st March to hand over more than £2,000 of donations to local charities.

Following a charity bike ride, Developments Director Chris Newsome handed over cheques to three local charities; EPC Gymnastics, Golden Star ABC Sports & Fitness Centre and OASIS Centre for Young People. The presentation cheques were handed over in the presence of local Councillor Tony Sherlock, the store's Plan A Champion Shena Holland and M&S Property respresentatives (Roseline Holt and Manisha Singh).

Simons and M&S representatives made an afternoon visit to St Bernard's Roman Catholic School, who were helped by Simons Group during the construction of M&S' Cheshire Oaks. Fencing was provided for an 'eco-garden' that the school are now working on with the children. Representatives were treated to a film showing the garden's progress over the last 12 months and met children from different age groups.

Sheena Holland, Plan A ambassador at M&S Cheshire Oaks, said: "The team at the Cheshire Oaks store have really enjoyed raising funds for such worthwhile causes and we hope it'll make a real difference to the local community. We look forward to building on our commitments in and around Ellesmere Port."

Simons, M&S and the store have received a phenomenal amount of recognition for the sustainable features at Cheshire Oaks, including the following awards and shortlistings:

Construction News: Sustainable Project of the Year (Cheshire Oaks, M&S)
Considerate Constructors Award (Cheshire Oaks, Simons)
Property Awards: Sustainable Achievement (Simons)
Building Awards: Project of the Year (Cheshire Oaks, M&S), Contractor of the Year (Up to 300m, Simons), Star of Sustainability (Ed Dixon, Simons/M&S)
Sustain Awards: Sustainable Contractor (Simons) & Retail Store (Cheshire Oaks, M&S)
2 Degrees: Sustainable Project Cheshire Oaks, M&S), Sustainability Champion (Ed Dixon, Simons/M&S)
Greenbuild Awards: Leisure Retail Category (Cheshire Oaks, M&S)

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